It’s ‘Dahlin Day’ in Buffalo. Hoo-rah. Makes watching all the eye-bleeding hockey last season worth it. There’s so much to be grateful for these days and the improved good fortune by the Bills and Sabres are at the top of the list.
But there’s something else I’d like to address during our summer vacation from NFL football on ‘Dahlin Day’ in Buffalo.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every member of BillsMafia for all the love and support you show for each other on a regular basis. People around Wyoming are jumping on the Bills’ bandwagon and tell me they are struck by the friendliness displayed by our FAMbase.
Many around here will find themselves jumping on board because of Josh Allen but will likely stay forever because of BillsMafia.
Social media provides a laboratory of interactions revealing differences in the personality patterns of fan bases. BillsMafia has become symbolic of crazy super-fans jumping through flaming folding tables.
However, if you peruse Twitter accounts of thousands of Bills fans everyday like I do, you’ll find that perception is really quite misleading. Every single day I see acts of kindness where people reach out and help one another with anything from restaurant recommendations to helping each other through a crisis.
Buffalo sports fans are a gigantic family whose home base is Buffalo but reaches across the world. I still marvel at being able to live in a remote outpost in Wyoming and connect with Bills fans around the world by touching my keyboard at any given moment.
BillsMafia really is a logical outgrowth of the kind of people who support it.
Why has the name “BillsMafia” survived despite the best efforts by some to vanquish it into oblivion?
It survives because it’s an organic creation that spontaneously combusted by long-suffering fans who are basically really good people. Western New York is famous around the world for three things; chicken wings, tailgating and sports.
But it’s really our gigantic collective heart that surprises people when they get to know us. Andy Dalton got a taste of what BillsMafia is all about when his foundation benefited mightily after his pass to Tyler Boyd catapulted the Bills into the playoffs.
However, if you follow a large number of Bills fans on Twitter, you will see these acts of kindness happening all the time. It’s why BillsMafia is such an enduring phenomenon.
I’ll close with a big thank-you to everyone who interacts with me on Twitter and through our BillsMafia blog. Your continued support means so much and I look forward to sharing many more good and bad times ahead.
Editor’s babble: Happy Dahlin Day! Sometimes I just have to take a breath and let all the good stuff soak in. Thank you, BillsMafia. You can find me on Twitter @RobynMundyWYO.